Professor Ralph Alston (1925-1967) was instrumental in developing the new field of research now recognized as “biochemical statistics”. Doris Holmes Blake originally funded this lectureship in Evolutionary Botany in the College of Natural Sciences in 1983. The lectureship was renamed to honor Professor Ralph Alston for his contribution to the Department of Botany.
Jean Andrews Centennial Faculty Fellowship
The Jean Andrews Centennial Faculty Fellowship supports Tropical and Economic Botany in the School of Biological Sciences by sponsoring visiting professors, a resident faculty member who oversees the visiting program, and students, particularly graduate students in the program. A writer and artist, Jean Andrews’ scholarship in natural history is demonstrated in her award-winning published papers and books. Also of note, she has worked with local women in Monteverde, Costa Rica to revive handicrafts and was awarded the Distinguished Alumna by UT Austin in 1997.
Bee Caves Ecology Endowment
The Bee Caves Ecology Endowment supports undergraduate and graduate student research in field biology – such as systematic, ecology, population and conservation biology. Preference is for students engaged in research projects involving the use of Bee Cave Ecology Laboratory in Travis County, Texas or similar habitats.
Frank and Fern Blair Scholarship Fund in Zoology
The Frank and Fern Blair Fellowship Fund was established to support graduate students doing biological field studies. W. Frank Blair’s long support for field research was the stimulus for the establishment of the fund, as he felt that young field biologists were the hope of the future. His distinguished career took him many places, from researching with the University of Michigan, to establishing a large extended family with his students as Professor at the University of Texas, to life-long service on international, national, state, and local committees.
Ari Yehiel Blattstein Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Drs. Deborah and Abraham Blattstein, both UT alums, founded the Ari Yehiel Blattstein Endowed Presidential Scholarship in honor of their young son, Ari, whose promising life was ended by a tragic accident. Ari Yehiel Blattstein (1983-1991)had already accomplished much in his eight years, writing contest-winning poetry and creating art through various mediums. He had an impressive appreciation of museums and art. This annual scholarship is awarded alternately to undergraduate and graduate students participating in the Brackenridge Field Laboratory.
The Collins Endowment was established by Virginia Collins Custard to honor her parents, Lillian M. Collins and Everett F. Collins. The Endowment provides scholarship support for students in the Department of Botany.
The Eason Scholarship was created in memory of Captain Marion Elizabeth Eason, USMC by Mrs. Marion Wier DeFord. This scholarship is awarded to graduate students in the Division of Biological Sciences on the basis of merit and financial need, with a preference given to female students.
Escobar Graduate Research Fund
Friends and family established this endowment in 1995 to honor Botany alumna Dr. Linda Katherine Albert de Escobar as an exceptional teacher and researcher. Dr. Escobar received her Ph.D. in Botany in 1980 from The University of Texas at Austin. She was an assistant professor at Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, and an eminent worker on the genus Passiflora. The endowment provides support for Ph.D. candidates doing systematic research in tropical botany, and provides support for travel related to systematic studies of tropical plant groups.
The Genetics Foundation supports basic biological education research, specifically in graduate studies in field work and travel, as it promotes development of research in Genetics.
Nellie Mae Gilbert Endowed Presidential Scholarship
The Nellie Mae Gilbert Endowed Presidential Scholarship awards full time students enrolled in the School of Biological Sciences, primarily based on academic merit and with first preference given to student athletes participating in Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics Program.
The Paul Gottlieb Memorial Fund supports a lecture series in honor of Dr. Paul D. Gottlieb – former director of the School of Biological Sciences. The lectureship brings in influential scientists to interact with graduate students in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Department.
Terrell H. Hamilton Endowed Graduate Fellowship
Ms. Rebecca E. Hamilton and Mr. Rowan T. Hamilton established this endowed fellowship in honor of their father in 1991 to provide support for graduate students in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.
Terrell Hamilton joined the faculty at University of Texas at Austin in 1961. He contributed greatly to the development of an outstanding program in reproductive biology, all the while making many internationally recognized contributions to the field of reproductive biology. Of note, he was awarded the Hans Krebs medal from the Biochemical Society in London.
Carl Gottfried Hartman Graduate Fellowship Endowment in Zoology
Dr. Lorraine Stengl established the Carl Gottfried Hartman Graduate Fellowship Endowment Fund in 1989 to provide support for graduate students in the former Department of Zoology. Carl Gottfried Hartman (1879-1968) was the first individual to earn a PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, and he went on to become a nationally recognized zoologist for his renowned authority in embryology and study of mammalian reproduction. This endowment provides fellowship support for graduate students in the program of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.
The Charles Ely Lankford Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Dr. Lankford’s family, friends, and colleagues in 1991. It provides scholarship support for undergraduate and graduate students whose area of study is microbiology. Charles Ely Lankford earned his Bachelor of Arts, Masters and Doctorate all at the University of Texas at Austin before joining its faculty in 1949. During the following decade, he also spent time living and researching in Calcutta, India and Bangkok, Thailand, helping his work receive international recognition.
The Margaret Jane McKinney Lewis Fellowship in Bacteriology was established in 1958 by Dr. Charles E. Lewis – brother of faculty member Professor Isaac McKinney Lewis – in honor of their mother, Margaret Lewis. Professor I. M. Lewis was a longtime faculty member of the former Department of Microbiology at UT Austin. Additionally, in 1999 Mr. A. P. Bradie (UT Austin B.A. 1935, M.A. 1939) established the A.P. Bradie Endowed Fellowship in Memory of Professor I.M. Lewis. These fellowships provide support for graduate students of good standing who work in the Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
Lorene Morrow Kelley Lectureship in Molecular Biology
The School of Biological Sciences’ Distinguished Lecturer Series is supported by The Lorene Morrow Kelley Lectureship in Molecular Biology. Lorene Morrow Kelley funded 7 endowments in the School of Biological Sciences, including the Marie Betzner Morrow Centennial Chair in honor of her sister, Marie Betzner Morrow who served on the University of Texas at Austin’s faculty for 45 years. Many activities in the School of Biological Sciences and the Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology are possible only through Mrs. Kelley’s generosity.
Professor Tom J. Mabry Endowed Excellence Fund in Phytochemistry and Plant Biology
The Professor Tom J. Mabry Endowed Excellence Fund in Phytochemistry and Plant Biology is used to strengthen and advance the research, teaching and outreach in the plant sciences, especially in the areas of phytochemistry, molecular biology, molecular systematics, cell biology and enzymatic chemistry or its successor.
John Ring LaMontagne Memorial Endowment in Infectious Diseases and Global Health
The La Montagne Memorial Endowment supports programs and operations in the School that are related to the study and research of infectious diseases and public health.
Memorial Scholarship in Plant Biology
The Memorial Scholarship Fund in Honor of Botany Faculty was established in 1990 by the Department of Botany faculty. These scholarships are given to Ph.D. students whose field of study is plant biology.
The Department of Botany at the University of Texas at Austin was established in September of 1949, with the separation of the Department of Bacteriology and Botany into separate units. In 1999, Botany, Microbiology, and Zoology were reorganized into a newly structured School of Biological Sciences, where plant studies are an integral part of faculty research across the school.
Jack Myers Endowment
The Jack Myers Endowment was established by Jack Myers in the mid 1990s as a way to give back to the Zoology Department. Its purpose is to benefit the Department of Zoology or its most direct descendent, or as used at the discretion of the chairman. The endowment will expand outreach, teaching and research in the area of zoology.
Neely Family Scholarship
Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Neely established the Neely Family of Bellville Texas Endowed Scholarship in honor of Zoology Professors Theophilus Shickel Painter, Dana Brackenridge Casteel, and Osmond Philip Breland. The scholarship is awarded each year to an undergraduate student who has an interest in zoology. The Neely family has been involved in the practice of medicine in Texas for three generations, and has a long association with The University of Texas.
Oliver Memorial Scholarship
This endowment was established by Dr. Carol Fredericks in 2000 in honor of Professor C.P. Oliver. The fund supports the professional development, travel, and research of graduate students whose work involves the study of genetics. Clarence P. “Pete” Oliver joined the University of Texas in Austin’s faculty in 1946, and while here he helped to develop a strong program in the field of human genetics. Of note, in 1941, he founded the Dight Institute of Human Genetics at the University of Minnesota – an institute still in existence, and one of the pioneer centers in the world devoted to research in human genetics.
Tami J. Pilot-Matias Graduate Student Travel Fund
Abbot Laboratories awarded UT-Austin alum Dr. Tami J. Pilot-Matias their Outstanding Researcher Award in 1995, in recognition of Dr. Pilot-Matias’s role in identifying three new hepatitis viruses. Dr. Matias named the former Department of Zoology to receive the cash award associated with her honor. The department established the Tami J. Pilot-Matias Graduate Student Travel Fund to fund graduate student travel to professional meetings.
The Vernon T. Schuhardt Centennial Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Dr. Schuhardt’s family, friends, and colleagues in 1983. It provides scholarship support for undergraduate students whose area of study is microbiology or medical technology. Vernon Truett Schuhardt (1901-1980) earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1925 and joined UT’s faculty in 1935. During his more than thirty years at UT, Schuhardt served with distinction on many University committees, and ultimately made a lasting impression on his colleagues, students, and friends.
Joseph F. Short Memorial Molecular Biology Endowed Fellowship
The Short Fellowship is open to all graduate students enrolled in the College of Natural Sciences. Recipients will be selected based on creativity, enthusiasm and motivation in pursuing research in applied molecular biology, specifically in regards to the development of human gene therapies for cancer.
Dr. Stengl funded the Lorraine I. Stengl Endowment Fund in 1987 for the College of Natural Sciences to provide support for travel expenses of students and faculty, including faculty recruitment expenses, health insurance coverage for graduate students and other emergency needs. Currently, the endowment is used to support two graduate programs: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and Plant Biology. Dr. Stengl has funded many other scholarship endowments for graduate students and donated the Stengl “Lost Pines” Biological Station property to UT-Austin.
Mr. James G. Stockard, Sr. (UT Austin BBA, 1936) established the Carl and Agnes Stockard Memorial Endowment Fund in honor of his parents in 1981. Undergraduate scholarships are given each year to students in Education, Music, Human Ecology, and the School of Biological Sciences. The six fields have been designated to most nearly reflect the life-long interests of Mr. Stockard’s parents.
The Orville Wyss Endowed Scholarship Fund was established by friends and former students of Dr. Wyss in 1990. It provides scholarship support for undergraduate students studying microbiology, as well as program support for the Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. Dr. Orville Wyss (1912-1993) joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 1945. In addition to his truly influential teaching and research, Dr. Wyss also served as member and officer of various scientific societies. His life and work have left lasting impressions on his students, students of students, colleagues, and friends.
Dr. Lorraine Stengl established this endowed fellowship fund in 1988 to support graduate students. Currently, the endowment is used to support graduate students in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior graduate program. Dr. Stengl has funded many other scholarship endowments for graduate students, donated the Stengl “Lost Pines” Biological Station property to UT-Austin.
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